Santa’s Workshop and a Winner!


Good Morning, Quilters!

I’m still doing a bit of last minute shopping and found Santa’s workshop right in my hometown of Stillwater, Minnesota!  Tom Bethke, who works as Santa at local events doubles as an elf. All year long he cuts and saws, making hundreds of wood toys for children all over the world.


He offers a wide variety of very well made toys–check out his website, Kringle Workshops HERE

Tom Bethke, Kringle


Thank you to all the quilters who participated in our quilt show!  The quilts were fabulous and all of them deserve an award.  Thank you for inspiring us all with a fresh look at FMQ!  All of the different styles provide inspiration and new ideas!

The winner is Noreen Borys

Noreen’s use of a variety of threads and motifs was Best of Show!

Congratulations, Noreen!


Noreen Borys


Craftsy is running a last-minute sale at amazing prices!  Craftsy classes make great gifts for yourself or for anyone on your list who quilts, sews, knits, cooks, bakes, paints….

Be sure to check out my two classes:  Divide and Conquer:  Creative Machine Quilting and Creative Free Motion Quilting (Both classes have FIVE STAR REVIEWS!)

ALL CLASSES UNDER $20.00–use my affiliate link to get the best prices!!

Wishing you all a very Merry Christmas!




12 thoughts on “Santa’s Workshop and a Winner!

  1. Congratulations, Noreen Borys! You deserved to win with such beautiful quilting!
    I was so excited and thrilled when people voted for Pat Williams #1 and # 2! Thank you so much, Lori Kennedy for your wonderful tutorials and your Craftsy class, “Divide and Conquer.” I am trying to develop my own style, including making reversible quilts. (Don’t you love how your quilting looks on the back!?) So my # 1 and # 2 were the same quilt using different colors of fabric. (You were right,Marcia.) Thanks again, Lori, and have a wonderful Christmas with your family.

  2. Thank you for showing the wooden toys. I own several wooden trains and trucks my father built. He would have loved this man’s toys too.

  3. Hi Lori,
    Merry Christmas to you and your family. Just wanted to let you know how much I enjoy your blog and can’t wait for the holidays to be over in order to try some of the tutorials. All the best for 2017

  4. I went to the Kringle website. These toys are phenomenal! I’ve never seen better. I’ll be on the look-out for children who might enjoy them.

  5. Merry Christmas, Lori, to you and your family. This past year of tutorials have opened my world to FMQ. Thank you so very much for sharing your talent with us.

  6. What wonderful wooden toys are being made by this sweet man! Congratulations to the winner…what a great bunch of quilts were shown…I could not pick a favorite! This has been a fabulous year of tutorials…thank you so much for all of your inspiration and fun blog read! Have a very Merry Christmas and great time with your family. Looking forward to 2017!

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